A shocking number of celebrities have gone through a lot of turmoil in their lives following the crimes they’ve committed. But there are 10 that are currently serving time that will shock you the most…
You won’t believe just how many of our beloved celebrities have been to prison.
So before we get into the famous figures that are currently behind bars, let’s take a look at the Hollywood stars that have done time for their crimes…
Mark Wahlberg served time in prison when he was just sixteen years old.
The Boogie Nights actor committed a spate of racially motivated crimes during his teen years, according to The Independent.
He was put behind bars for 3 months for the assault of 2 men whilst trying to rob a convenience store.
Although he was sentenced to 2 years, he actually only served forty-five days in prison.
Martha Stewart is another celebrity to have been behind bars.
As such a well-respected figure in the culinary world, no one would have suspected the TV chef to have ever stepped a foot wrong.
However, the eighty-one-year-old served 5 months back in 2004.
She also had to pay a fine of $30,000.
Stewart was found guilty of making false statements to federal authorities, as well as conspiracy and obstruction of an agency proceeding.
As per The Mirror, Stewart said of the ordeal: “It was horrifying and no one, no one, should have to go through that kind of indignity really except for murderers, and there are a few other categories, but no one should have to go through that.”
The Avengers star Robert Downey Jr. has served multiple sentences in his life.
During the late nineties, the star struggled with drug addiction and spent time in prison as a result.
In 1997, he was ordered to serve 180-day sentence for probation violations.
But that’s not all…
In 1999, he was sentenced to 3 years after he didn’t show up to a drugs test that the courts had ordered.
He served twelve months of his sentence before a judge freed him.
Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman is another celeb to have spent time in jail.
The actress was embroiled in the college admissions scandal back in 2019.
Huffman served fourteen days behind bars in 2019 after being found guilty of having paid someone to correct her daughter’s SAT answers.
She also had to pay a $30,000 fine and complete 250 hours of community service.
Jersey Shore star Mike Sorrentino was sentenced in 2018…
He was made to serve 8 months, but scroll on to discover what for…
This was for failing to pay his taxes.
According to Ranker, he was also given a $10,000 fine, 500 hours of community service and 2 years of supervised release.
Actor and rapper Ja Rule spent over 2 years behind bars…
The forty-six-year-old went to jail for unauthorized possession of a firearm.
However, while inside he received an additional sentence for failing to pay his taxes.
This meant that once he was released from state prison in 2013, he was immediately put into federal custody to serve even more time.
The former star of Saved by the Bell Dustin Diamond is another celeb who knows what it’s like on the inside…
The forty-four-year-old actor was arrested in 2014, and sentenced in 2015, The Sun reports.
He was arrested after being involved in a brawl that ended up with a man being stabbed.
This resulted in a conviction for disorderly conduct and carrying a concealed weapon.
Actor Danny Trejo is another celebrity who has been to prison…
As Ranker reports, Trejo spent many a year in and out of prison during his younger years.
His crimes include assault, burglary and drug possession.
Trejo even spent time inside the notorious San Quentin State Prison in California.
Before Tim Allen became an actor, he spent just over 2 years in prison.
Scroll on to learn why the Toy Story star was in there for so long…
He was convicted of trying to smuggle c*****e into the country.
Allen only avoided a life sentence by trading information about other drug dealers in exchange for a shorter sentence.
Rapper 50 Cent is another celebrity who has been to jail.
He faced multiple charges to do with drugs back in 1994.
As he was aged just sixteen at the time, he was sent to a correctional boot camp.
He spent 6 months inside before being released.
Another big name to spend time in prison is Sean Penn.
The star of hits such as Milk and Dead Man Walking is a beloved name, but the story of how he ended up behind bars is shocking…
Penn was actually sentenced due to an incident on set.
The movie star punched an extra on the set of Colors, as per Ranker, which landed him with a sixty-day sentence in 1987.
Perhaps one of the most notorious stories of a celeb spending time in jail is that of Chris Brown…
He spent a few months in jail back in 2014.
The singer and actor was arrested due to an incident that happened whilst he was on probation…
According to The Guardian, he was ordered to spend 131 days in prison due to the altercation, after having already served 234 days in a rehab facility.
However, this probation harks all the way back to 2009 when he was convicted of the assault of his former girlfriend Rihanna.
Brown was put on 5 years probation as a result of the altercation.
Another celeb who knows what life is like behind bars is Kiefer Sutherland.
The star of Designated Survivor served forty-eight days for DUI charges and violating his probation.
This was back in 2007, but he has a long history of arrests…
According to PEOPLE, Sutherland was also arrested in 1989 and 1993, both times for DUI.
Oscar award-winner Jane Fonda has also spent time in jail.
Way back in 1970, she was accused of drug smuggling, as per The Mirror.
However, the allegations turned out to be false, with the orders to arrest her allegedly having come straight from the White House.
Police seized her bag once she arrived in Cleveland, but the ‘drugs’ ended up just being vitamins. She did, however, still spend the night in jail.
Singer and rapper Lauryn Hill spent time in prison back in 2013.
She served 3 months inside for failing to file her taxes, but that’s not all…
The Fugees star then had to spent another 3 months confined to her home.
She also had to pay back the money that she owed, as well as have another year of supervised probation.
Another superstar to serve jail time is Paul McCartney.
The Beatles band member was arrested in Tokyo in 1980.
After landing in the country with both his family and his band at the time, Wings, customs officers discovered something…
This discovery landed McCartney in some pretty hot water…
He had almost 8 ounces of marijuana in his luggage, which led to his arrest.
But it could have been much worse…
Because of the amount he was found with, he could have been charged with drug smuggling…
However, instead, he was sent to jail and served 9 days before being deported to the UK.
Rapper Lil’ Kim is another celebrity who has spent time in prison.
The star spent 1 year inside back in 2005.
This was due to lying to the federal grand jury about a shootout which involved her friends.
She was also ordered to pay a $50,000 fine.
Now let’s have a look at the celebrities still in prison for their crimes.
Some might shock you…
Bill Cosby was accused multiple times of s*xual assault.
Since 2014, when comedian Hannibal Buress mentioned Cosby was known for ‘r*ping’ women, dozens of victims came forward.
According to USA Today, a shocking total of 60 women came forward and accused him of s*xual assault.
In 2018 Cosby was found guilty on multiple counts of aggravated indecent assault and was given a 3 to 10-year sentence.
CEO of Death Row Records, Suge Knight Jr. was sentenced to 28 years behind bars.
The hip-hop star was involved in a fight with Cle “Bone” Sloan in 2015, which got out of hand.
In the midst of the altercation, Suge ran over a man named Terry Carter, who later died of his injuries.
Suge entered a plea deal in 2018 and was sentenced to 22 years for voluntary manslaughter, with an added 6 years for a third strike violation.
Suge isn’t eligible for parole until 2037.
Since being locked up, Knight has made the bizarre claim that Dr. Dre was attempting to assassinate him.
Subway commercial star Jared Fogle rose to fame after losing half his body weight in a year from exercising and eating 2 subway sandwiches a day…
But in 2015, he was found out for being involved in some despicable acts.
According to NPR, in 2015 he confessed to having child p*********y and having inappropriate relations with minors.
Fogle was sentenced to 15 years in prison and ordered to pay $1.4 million to his victims.
TV star Michael Jace killed his wife in front of their 2 small children back in 2014.
His wife, April, allegedly wanted a divorce, which led to Michael becoming enraged and resulted in him shooting her while their 2 sons aged just 8 and 5, were in the room.
He was allegedly known for being violent towards his partners before the tragedy took place.
He was sentenced to 40 years in prison for her murder.
Harvey Weinstein is currently serving time for s*xual assault claims.
According to USA Today, a whopping 87 women came forward to accuse Harvey of abuse, but just 2 allegations from Miriam Haley and Jessica Mann were what led to his conviction.
In 2020, he was finally sentenced to 23 years in prison…
And is also now a registered s*x offender.
Rapper C-Murder, otherwise known as Corey Miller, was sentenced to prison for the murder of Steve Thomas in a nightclub back in 2002.
However, new evidence has come to the surface, which could prove he was wrongly convicted.
Reality star Kim Kardashian has since come to his defense claiming that 2 eyewitnesses have since recanted their testimony…
Claiming they were pressured to lie about the murder.
R. Kelly was arrested back in 2019 for engaging in s*xual activities with young girls and manipulating them into staying silent.
An indictment was also issued claiming Kelly paid off those involved in a 2008 child p*********y trial.
The singer faces upwards of 20+ years for his crimes.
He is also facing additional criminal charges of s*xual assault filed in Illinois.
Power Rangers actor Ricardo Medina Jr., was convicted of killing his roommate Joshua Sutter in 2017.
He pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 6 years.
Ricardo claims he reacted in self-defense after an argument broke out with Joshua over his girlfriend.
He allegedly locked himself in his bedroom before Joshua broke the door down which resulted in him being stabbed with a sword.
Oscar Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp back in 2013.
He claims it was an accident and that he thought she was a burglar hiding in his bathroom.
The athlete was found guilty of culpable homicide, and he was sentenced to 5 years in prison, which after a year was bumped up to 13 years and 5 months.
He is eligible for parole in 2023.
Actress Shannon Guess Richardson mailed poisoned letters to Barack Obama while he was in office.
She made the poison ricin using castor beans and tried to frame her husband. She was arrested in 2013 and sentenced to 18 years.
Kidd Creole, the founding member of Grandmaster Flash is awaiting trial for the murder of John Jolly, who he stabbed in the chest.
He claims he was acting in self-defense against Jolly, who was a registered sex offender.
He has been held at Vernon C. Bain Correctional Center since 2017.
It’s not yet known when he will go to trial.
NFL star Sam Hurd was found guilty of running a drug ring.
Hurd was sentenced to 15 years in prison back in 2013 for trafficking drugs after an undercover officer found he was purchasing and profiting a whopping $2 million a month.
Are you shocked by the list?